UK Directory of Social Value and
Community Benefit standards,
approaches and legislation

Whilst this does not claim to be an exhaustive list of useful materials – there will be more to follow – hopefully the directory below provides some handy sites for reference. Do Contact Us if you would like your resources to be added to this list!

AA1000 Stakeholder Engagement Standard


BS8950 Social Value (BSI consultation)

BS8950 Social Value (Social Value UK)

Case Study: A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme

Case Study Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games legacy: final evaluation report

Case Study: Inspired by 2012: The legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games

The Construction Playbook

The Construction Playbook – Procurement Policy Note

The Five Capitals Model

The Flexible Framework

Forum for the Future

How Do Companies Act Campaign

Housing Associations’ Charitable Trust

ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems

ISO 18091:2019 Guidelines for the Applicability of ISO9001 in Local Government

ISO 24000 Sustainable Procurement

ISO 26000 Social Responsibility

ISO 37000 Guidance for the Governance of Organisations

ISO 44001 Collaborative Working

ISO9001: 2015 Quality Management Systems

Investors in People

Just Capital

Less Plastic

Mainstreaming equality considerations in procurement.

Model Services Contract Guidance.

Model Services Contract


The Outsourcing Playbook – Central Government Guidance on Outsourcing Decisions and Contracting

Principles for Purpose Based Business: The British Academy

The Seven (Nolan) Principles of Public Life

The Seven Principles of Social Value (Social Value International)

The Shared Value Initiative

The Social Enterprise Mark

Social Return on Investment Methodologies (Social Value UK)

The Social Value Certificate

Social Value Creation in UK Government Procurement (Standards Consultation)

The Social Value Model: Procurement Policy Note 06/20 Taking account of social value in the award of central government contracts.

Support the Goals

The Sustainable Procurement Pledge

Themes, Outcomes and Methodology Toolkit (Social Value Portal)

Treasury Green Book: Appraisal and Evaluation in Central (UK) Government

UK Government Policy Note Sep 2020: Taking Account of Social Value in the Award of Central Government Contracts 

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

ISO Guidance Linking ISO Standards to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

The World Bank


The Concession Contracts Regulations 2016

The Companies Act 2006

The Concession Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2016

The Defence and Security Public Contracts Regulations 2011

The Equality Act 2010

The Procurement Reform Act (Scotland) 2014

The Public Contract (Scotland) Regulations 2015

The Public Sector Social Value Act 2012

The Public Contract Regulations 2015

The Utilities Contract (Scotland) Regulations 2016

The Utilities Contract Regulations 2016

The Welsh Community Benefits Toolkit

Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015